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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA--The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco announces its 25th anniversary season. Included are Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration of Christmas (Nov. 25-Dec. 24), the company's annual holiday musical in a new adaptation; Ntozake Shange: Salute to the Spoken Word (Feb. 2-19, 2006), a collage featuring the pioneering works of this poet-playwright (author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf); August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean (Feb. 10-Mar. 12, 2006); Stephen Jeffreys' I Just Stopped By To See the Man (Mar. 9-Apr. 2, 2006); and David Charles' world-premiere musical My Girl (Apr. 20-May 14, 2006), directed by Buddy Butler. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter St., Union Square, San Francisco. Single tickets: $25-32; subscriptions available. (415) 474-8800.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA--L.A. Theatre Works announces its 2005-06 The Play's the Thing season. The play readings are taped for subsequent radio broadcast on KPCC. Included are the world premiere of Janet Dulin Jones and Paul Lazarus' A Tale of Charles Dickens (Oct. 26-30), featuring members of the Antaeus Company in a story about the famous 19th century writer uncovering a dark conspiracy; the West Coast premiere of Stephen Belber's McReele (Nov. 9-13), directed by Adam Arkin and featuring Eric Stoltz as a reporter who helps prove the innocence of a convicted murderer; Richard Masur directing Hector Elizondo, Robert Foxworth, and Richard Kind in Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men (Nov. 30-Dec. 4); Caryl Churchill's Top Girls (Jan. 11-15, 2006); George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man (Feb. 1-5, 2006), starring Anne Heche and Jeremy Sisto, directed by Brendon Fox; Peter Goodchild's docudrama The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial (Mar. 1-5, 2006), drawn from transcripts of the infamous Scopes Trial, featuring an all-star cast and ending its 23-city national tour; David Mamet's comedy Romance (Apr. 5-9, 2006), directed by Neil Pepe, who helms the upcoming West Coast premiere of the play at the Mark Taper Forum; Annabelle Gurwitch's Fired Again (May 3-7, 2006), a follow-up to her piece Fired, about problematic show-business hirings; and Peter Goodchild's The Real Dr. Strangelove (Jun. 7-11, 2006), adapted from his book. The season finale (Jul. 12-16, 2006) is yet to be announced. Also, a national tour of Neil Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue will play Feb. 23-Mar. 25, 2006. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. www.latw.org. (310) 827-0889...

The Screen Actors Guild National Agency staff has scheduled a third educational seminar on general service agreements. The purpose is to inform SAG members about GSA contracts that fall outside of SAG protection. The seminar offers an explanation of what the contracts stipulate, so members are aware of the content before signing them. Screen Actors Guild, James Cagney Room (ground floor), 5757 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Fri. Noon. Sep. 30. RSVP to agentquestion@sag.org. Seating is limited. Wait for confirmation; must bring current paid-up membership card. Questions: (323) 549-6745...

Rude Guerrilla Company presents Masque-A-Rude Ball as a fundraiser for the theatre group. Included are a silent auction for myriad items, including theatre tickets to local venues and film memorabilia; a sit-down dinner; live entertainment; and a raffle. Huntington Beach Elks Lodge, 7711 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. Sat. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1. $45 before Oct. 1. rudegrrlla@aol.com. (714) 547-4688...

The Actors' Fund offers upcoming seminars with useful information for actors. On Wed. Oct. 5, 1-2 p.m., The Center for Health Care Rights will discuss benefits, eligibility and enrollment guidelines involved with the new Medicare drug benefit. On Wed. Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m., is an introduction to long-term health care insurance, addressing qualified and nonqualified policies. For these two seminars, make required reservations with Casey Lewis: clewis@actorsfund.org or (323) 933-9266, ext. 38. Also scheduled is Sideline and Parallel Careers for the Entertainment Industry Professional (Wed. Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.), discussing possible work in fields such as hotels, real estate, and graphics design. Contact Lauren Trotter at ltrotter@actorsfund.org or (323) 933-9244. All seminars are at Actors' Fund, Hollywood Room, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 400, L.A...

The Playwrights 6 Play Night with the PlayWright series presents Laura Black's new psychological thriller Truth. It's a nonlinear drama with humor in which three friends are stranded in a cabin and must confront the falsehoods that underlie their relationships. Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 Second St., Santa Monica. Wed. 8 p.m. Oct. 5. Free, including reception with refreshments. (323) 860-6625...

Angela Lansbury, Victor Garber, Frances Conroy, Lisa Banes, and Harriet Harris head the cast of a staged reading of This Is on Me, An Evening of Dorothy Parker, adapted by Tom Fontana from Parker's writings as a benefit for The Acting Company. Four-time Tony winner Lansbury, who appeared in last year's benefit reading, Lettice and Lovage, chairs the group's Actors Advisory Board. The Acting Company, founded by John Houseman, is a 33-year-old touring classical theatre group. Brentwood Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Bldg. 211, Brentwood. Mon. 7 p.m. Oct. 10. www.ticketmaster .com. (213) 365-3500.

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